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Exploring Nara


Nara
8 hours
up to 20 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

Nara is ideal for those who wish to see not only numerous historical structures but also to touch, feed wild deers roaming freely around in the Nara Park. There are 8 UNESCO heritages in Nara spotted sparsely in the historic regions which have full of rich tales in Nara period (from 710 to 794). Visiting 4 UNESCO heritages (3 temples and 1 shrine) in this tour in addition to one Japanese garden.

Itinerary

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  • Kofukuji Temple
  • Todai-ji Temple
  • Kasuga Great Shrine

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What to Expect

Messenger of deity of Kasuga Great shrine, 1,350 deers welcome you all the tour long in Nara national park. First stop is Kofuku-ji temple which was founded by Emperor Shomu in 726 during Nara period where the five-storied pagoda is a symbol of Nara national park viewed over Sarusawa Pond. Next is a short walk to a Japanese garden, called Isui-en (on the way to the Todai-ji temple) is also a must-to-see scenic spot. The third stop is the main attraction in Nara i.e Todai-ji temple, the largest wooden structure in the world, built in 752 and 2.8 million people took part in to construct, houses the 15 m tall Great Buddha statue. Fourth stop is Nigatsudo Hall which stands close to Todai-ji temple where the water-drawing ritual ceremony is being held in every March since 752. Last stop is Kasuga Great shrine which is a national shrine founded to protect the Heijyo-kyo, the new capital of Nara (form 710 to 794). 2,000 stone lanterns and 1,000 hanging lanterns are lit in February and August there and it brings you date back the time of the ancients.

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Departure & Return

Depart From City of Osaka, Kyoto or Nara
Starting time 08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Osaka, Kyoto or Nara
Ending Point At your hotel in Osaka, Kyoto or Nara

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Included:
*Guide fee
*Hotel pick up fee in Kansai district (Kansai district = City of Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Kobe)
*Travel expense as required for the guide to travel with customers by means of public transportation such as train, subway, bus.
Travel expenses for the guide included herein are limited within Kansai district (Kansai district = City of Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Kobe)
*Admission fees, tickets for the guide as might be incurred at temples, shrines or the like.
*Meals, drinks or the like for the guide during the tour
*Any tax or the like as might be incurred by the guide in Japan
*Gratuity

What‘s not included

Not included:
*Fees to cruise river or sea or the like for the guide
*Tickets for Universal Studio Japan, museum or the like as might be required for the guide at private or public museum, entertainment
facilities.

Important

Any day or time is available, inclusively long tours extended to more than 10 days across Japan, but please reconfirm guide's availability at time of booking

* A scenic tour exploring, touching and feeling the area in 8th Century in Japan, a birth district of
Japan.
* A surprise greeting by wild deers

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

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Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Edward Edward United States ( Couple )
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2 weeks ago

“ Absolutely Top Notch Tour Guide ”

Masahisa (“Mike”) has proven the absolute best guide we’ve had thus far in almost a month of touring Japan. He arrived promptly for hotel pickup, totally organized with a formally prepared tour proposal for the day, complete with a brief overview of Japanese history and culture he wrote himself, and tourist information guides of Nara sites and cultural events - all neatly tucked into a transparent file holder. He also proved to be an extremely knowledgeable guide not only regarding Japan’s history and culture, but also of the world at large - a level of cosmopolitanism honed by extended business assignments around the globe on behalf of a major Japanese trading and consulting company. Masahisa is rightly proud of his country and culture and you will not find a more interesting g... read more

Masahisa:

Edward Thanks for visiting us from beautiful city, even though more is the shame typhoon stepped in your precious time here. Believe all are also fine with your neighbors and free from any mischief by wildfire. Thank you again for your visit all the way from city I loved. Thanks Masahisa

Ian Ian United Kingdom ( Family )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ An excellent day in Kyoto ”

My son James (24) and I had a terrific day in Kyoto with Masahisa. Before arriving his communication was very comprehensive and suggested an excellent itinerary for us to look at, ensured we could tackle it and covered off personal desires such as type of lunch. It was comprehensive, professional and thoughtful. Which sums up Masahisa. We had a memorable day with him and his knowledge and enthusiasm of both the places we visited but also of Japan and its’ culture made it special. Masahisa is a true gentleman and a wonderful ambassador for Japan. Arigato gozimasu, Masahisa, Our best wishes, Ian and James.

Masahisa:

Ian and James It's me to thank for reminding me of great speach of Simon's, ex-SNP leader we Japanese were moved on Mar 12, 2011, also story of St Andrews, yes also congestion charges things in London. Please take sides with us on Mar 20 against South Africa. Thank for visiting us again and wish your safe return home with great memories here. Thanks Masahisa

Dana Dana United States ( Solo )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ I would trust Masahisa with my life! ”

We ride the train for 2 hours to Ise tour. He is informative, respectful, and very kind.

Masahisa:

Dana Thanks for your visit. Wish your safe return home, hopefully with taste of indigenous plum wine in the far east. Thanks Masahisa

Velda Velda Hong Kong ( Family )
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3 months ago

“ Masahisa is a truly superb, professional & wonderful tour guide! We would highly recommend him! ”

We spent the day with Masahisa in Kyoto. He guided us from our hotel in Osaka, all the well to Kyoto and back. Masahisa is so knowledgeable in Japanese culture, and has some great recommendations! He also helped us take photos throughout our day with him. He looked after us very well during the tour, and made different arrangements to suit our capabilities. He even emailed us afterwards with some helpful tips! If you want to spend your time well in Japan, we would definitely recommend spending it with Masahisa! (I know I sound like a promo bot, but Masahisa really was above expectations!!!)

Masahisa:

Velda Thank again for your trip to Kansai in midst of sweltering weather here. Wish your safe return home without any possible mischief by typhoon Rosa now hitting us. Thanks Masahisa

Malcolm Malcolm United Kingdom ( Couple )
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5 months ago

“ Day trip from Kobe to Kyoto ”

What a well dressed and polite guide. His knowledge was immense and patience was extraordinary. We were sorry we did not have more time with him. His photographic input made our day more memorable. The use of train, underground and taxi transport made our ability to see more essential sites.. His lunchtime dining location was excellent in a peaceful historic building. Full marks to him in creating a great experience.

Masahisa:

Malcolm Glad to learn your safe return home. Thank you for your quick stopover and please stay couples of nights in Kyoto next time. Also thanks for reminding me of memories of your beautiful national trust properties, also Cotswolds and Lake Districts. Thanks Masahisa

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